Passage of Biden's Build Back Better bill unlikely to improve president's low voter-approval numbers

Poll also shows 43% of likely voters nationwide approve of the way Biden is performing his job
Biden in Detroit on November 17, 2021.
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A new nationwide survey shows less than 20% of registered voters know whether Congress has passed one or both of President Biden's multi-trillion-dollar spending bills, a response that suggests passage of the large Build Back Better social spending measure will do little to improve his low approval rating among Americans.

The Scott Rasmussen survey released Sunday shows just 19% of respondents recognize the roughly $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill passed while the roughly $1.75 trillion Build Back Better measure has not.

"While some pundits suggest that passing the Build Back Better plan will boost the president's ratings, the data suggests it will not," according to

The poll also shows 43% of respondents approve of the way Biden is performing his job, with 52% disapprove and 5% are not sure, numbers similar those in recent polls.

Rasmussen suggested one possible reason for the voter unawareness about the bills and the unlikelihood of the larger one boosting Biden's approval rating is that voters have largely tuned out the legislative quarrels in official Washington.

The online survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Nov. 22-23. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research Inc. 

The survey also found just 9% of respondents believe the worst of inflation is over and 56% believe the president's plan will make things worse by increasing inflation.

Beyond the inflation concerns, the bill has several provisions that appear to be hurting its popularity, the poll shows. Sixty percent oppose the Build Back Better payments to illegal immigrants, while 28% support the payments, the survey found.